This is very late. The autumn of 2018 has been a busy time. I am now in New Zealand for Christmas with my family and trying to catch up. Back in August I had a tour of Germany, Austria and Hungary. There is a string of bridges from that trip and here is one. More in the next few days.
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Erfurt is in what used to be part of East Germany, the DDR. Amazing that it is nearly 30 years since the wall came down. I heard about the KraemerBruecke long after Sue had been there for a summer course. Indeed, I hadn’t even engaged with masonry at that stage. I have known of it for a few years but my grand tour in August was the first chance I had to visit.
This picture of the downstream side shows how modest the river is. We must assume that there are occasional floods justifying the ten spans. If you look at the map you will see a flood channel round the edge of town. The spire in this view belongs to the bridge chapel. The climb was worthwhile as it provided perhaps the best view along the bridge.
The piers vary considerably in width and it seems possible that the widest one near the middle might have originally been an abutment. On the other hand, the two river piers are very narrow for a bridge of this age, being less than half the span.
Something I would not have noticed otherwise is that the piers contain cellars, even under the roadway. They must either have been later excavations or the bridge was designed to carry building from the start. The income from ground rent would not be trivial so that is a reasonable assumption.
Both upstream and down, the buildings are carried on timber supports and the variation in these is also interesting.
To those looking for arch bridges, this is perhaps short change but in this bridge the arches are perhaps the least interesting feature. I have been in New Zealand for nearly four weeks and am finally finding the head space to catch up with these. There may be another before Christmas but just in case - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers.